Gov. Haley Barbour today expanded the call for the special legislative session to include a law prohibiting the sale of synthetic marijuana, known as spice.

“Several Mississippi communities have attempted to stop the sale of this drug. However, our law enforcement needs a comprehensive law to address this issue,” Gov. Barbour said. “Spice is no different than marijuana and should be treated as every other controlled substance under our laws.”

Gov. Barbour said he was including the measure at the request of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, local law enforcement officials and local governments.

The session, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday, also will include an incentive package for a $500 million economic development project with locations around Mississippi.

Governor Haley Barbour Press Release
8/25/10